Section 1 l challenge

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Based on J Oswald Sanders book, Spiritual Leadership. This is a leadership course taught at LTCi, Siliguri.

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Section 1 l challenge

  1. 1. Spiritual Leadership LTCi course 602 EBI courses 115 & 224Wednesday 2 November 2011
  2. 2. 115 - This course focuses on how to teach and practice the principles of spiritual leadership. Topics include the leader’s challenge, role, preparation, vision, character, goal, influence, decisions, schedules, pitfalls, and rewards.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  3. 3. Required Textbooks 115 Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda. J. Oswald Sanders. Spiritual Leadership: A Commitment to Excellence for Every Believer.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  4. 4. 115 Spiritual Leadership Learning Outcomes The student who successfully completes this course will be able to: 1." Describe the leader’s challenge. 2." Describe the leader’s role. 3." Describe the leader’s preparation. 4." Describe the leader’s vision. 5." Describe the leader’s character. 6." Describe the leader’s goal.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  5. 5. 6." Describe the leader’s goal. 7." Describe the leader’s influence. 8." Describe the leader’s decisions. 9." Describe the leader’s schedule. 10."Describe the leader’s pitfalls. 11."Describe the leader’s rewards.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  6. 6. Section 1 - The Leader’s Challenge Group Activity: Create a one-page visual summary of the leader’s challenge. Study the Preface and chapter 1 in Blackaby Study chapters 1-2 in Sanders Subscribe to the free online Leadership Journal Newsletter: http://www.christianitytoday.com/lyris/ subscribe/leadership.htmlWednesday 2 November 2011
  7. 7. The Leader’s Challenge Section 1 Preface and chapter 1 in Blackaby Chapters 1-2 in SandersWednesday 2 November 2011
  8. 8. All Christians should desire to be leaders in the church. It is better for the position to seek out the person than for the person to seek out the position Discuss which position a Christian should takeWednesday 2 November 2011
  9. 9. The book was originally a series of lectures delivered to leaders of the Overseas missionary Fellowship at conferences in Singapore in 1964 and 1966 Language, illustrations etc. have been updatedWednesday 2 November 2011
  10. 10. Chapter 1: An Honorable Ambition Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 1 Timothy 3:1 Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. Jeremiah 45:5 Jesus called them together and said,“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” Mark 10:42-45Wednesday 2 November 2011
  11. 11. Chapter 1: An Honorable Ambition Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 1 Timothy 3:1 Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. Jeremiah 45:5 Jesus called them together and said,“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” Mark 10:42-45Wednesday 2 November 2011
  12. 12. Chapter 1: An Honorable Ambition Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 1 Timothy 3:1 Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. Jeremiah 45:5 Jesus called them together and said,“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” Mark 10:42-45Wednesday 2 November 2011
  13. 13. Is it right to want to be a leader? Think of someIsn’t ambition a cause of pride, leaders who haveand of falling, in the life ofmany leaders? “failed” (theyWhat of Samson or Saul - called should be in theby God yet dependent upon Bible andtheir own flesh and abilitiesFor Christians, what is the Christians indifference between “right” and ministry) - why did“wrong” ambition? they fail?Wednesday 2 November 2011
  14. 14. Is it right to want to be a leader?Isn’t ambition a cause of pride,and of falling, in the life ofmany leaders?What of Samson or Saul - calledby God yet dependent upontheir own flesh and abilitiesFor Christians, what is thedifference between “right” and“wrong” ambition?Wednesday 2 November 2011
  15. 15. Godly ambition must carry a great desire to be effective in serving God - to realise God’s highest desire for our lives - and ultimately to bring the greatest glory to God. Sanders illustrates the difference in understanding what leadership meant in Paul’s day and ours: Today - leaders get prestige and respect, honour Previously - hardship, contempt, rejection, even death. It was dangerous and likely to be the first persecuted. (Still faced by some today!)Wednesday 2 November 2011
  16. 16. Leadership was not for the faint hearted, it needed great courage and was not easily undertaken - no wonder Paul said it was an honourable ambition. Motives for leadership must be right “In Paul’s day only a deep love for Christ and genuine love for the church could motivate people to lead.” Be careful not to desire leadership for the wrong motives.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  17. 17. Jeremiah in speaking with Baruch made sure he knew selfish ambition was wrong - don’t desire it for yourself. Your motivation will determine your ambitions character. A leader must: •Develop their talents: •Make the most of their lives •Develop to the fullest their God- given powers and capacities.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  18. 18. Jesus taught that ambition that centers on the self is wrong. Ambition that centers on the glory of God and the welfare of other believers is a mighty force for good. Ambition comes from a Latin word meaning “campaigning for promotion” - it has the desire for social visibility, popularity, approval, peer recognition and a desire to exercise authority over others. It will lead to a desire for money, power and authority. This is not the way of Jesus - a true spiritual leader will never be like this.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  19. 19. Jesus shows the standard for ambition in Mk 10:42-44: Jesus called them together and said,“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. “True leadership, true greatness is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.”Wednesday 2 November 2011
  20. 20. True service costs you - it is a cup full of challenge (Mk 10:38). Real spiritual leadership focusses on the service to God and to people not on the perks of the office or title, they put in more than they ever take out. “The final estimate of men shows that history cares not an iota for the rank or title a man has borne, or the office he has held, but only the quality of his deeds and the character of his heart and mind” Samuel BrengleWednesday 2 November 2011
  21. 21. “Let it once be fixed that a man’s ambition is to fit into God’s plan for him, and he has a North Star ever in sight to guide him steadily over any sea, however shoreless it seems. He has a compass which points through the thickest fogs, the fiercest storm and regardless of magnetic rocks” SD GordonWednesday 2 November 2011
  22. 22. “I have one passion; it is He, He alone.” Count Nikolaus von Zinzendorf He founded the Moravian church - a group which had three times as many members overseas as they did at home - 1 in every 92 Moravians left home and became a missionary.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  23. 23. Ask yourself: Is your ambition self centred or God centred? Is your ambition holy? Who is the most influential example of godly leadership in your life, that you have read of, in the Bible?Wednesday 2 November 2011
  24. 24. Chapter 2: The search for leaders No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. Psalm 75:6-7 “Real leaders are in short supply”Wednesday 2 November 2011
  25. 25. God searches for leaders too: 1 Samuel 13:14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” Jeremiah 5:1 “Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  26. 26. Ezekiel 22:30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. God looks for leaders who are fully committed as disciples, prepared to take on responsibility for others and then uses them to the limit - in spite of failings, they are still spiritual leaders! Leaders require strength and faith beyond the average.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  27. 27. “The church is painfully in need of leaders. I wait to hear a voice and no one comes. I would rather listen than speak - but there is no clarion voice to listen to.” William Sangster (Methodist preacher)Wednesday 2 November 2011
  28. 28. For the church to be heard today we need leaders who are: Authoritative - know where they are going and how they are getting there. Spiritual - a strong relationship with God is needed in order to lead people to God. There is a need for the supernatural to pervade our leadership. Majesty and spiritual power should be part of our proclamation. Sacrificial - following the same sacrificial model of Jesus Christ.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  29. 29. For the church to be heard today we need leaders who are: Authoritative - know where they Authoritative are going and how they are Spiritual getting there. Spiritual - Sacrificial a strong relationship with God is needed in order to Do you exemplify these lead people to God. There is a qualities? need for the supernatural to pervade our leadership. Majesty Where do you need to and spiritual power should be grow in your leadership part of our proclamation. Sacrificial - following the same sacrificial model of Jesus Christ.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  30. 30. High intellect, personal forcefulness, enthusiasm - qualities expected of leaders today - but they do not define a spiritual leader. “True leaders must be willing to suffer for the sake of objectives great enough to demand their wholehearted obedience” God makes leaders - not letters of appointment, or taking a course, or being chosen by people.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  31. 31. Often you see true leaders have made decisions years earlier to seek the Kingdom of God - as they mature physically and spiritually God puts them in a leadership position. God finds the person and then confers upon them the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable them - Acts 9:17, 22:21Wednesday 2 November 2011
  32. 32. Samuel Brengle, a Salvation Army officer, said this of the road to spiritual authority and leadership, “It is not won by promotion, but by many prayers and tears. It is attained by confession of sin and much heart searching and humbling before God; by self surrender, a courageous sacrifice of every idol, a bold uncomplaining embrace of the cross, and by eternally looking to Jesus crucified. It is not gained by seeking great things for ourselves, but like Paul, by counting those things which are gain to us as loss for Christ. This is a great price, but it must be paid by the leader whose power is recognised and felt in heaven, on earth, and in hell.”Wednesday 2 November 2011
  33. 33. 2 Chron 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” Will you pay the high price required for leadership? The price is paid in the secret place of your heart long before you take office. God will search your heart, and only then, will he call you to leadership.Wednesday 2 November 2011
  34. 34. Sanders finishes with a warning, “If those who hold influence over others fail to lead towards the spiritual uplands, then surely the path to the lowlands will be well worn. People travel together; no one lives detached and alone. We dare not take lightly God’s call to leadership in our lives.”Wednesday 2 November 2011
  35. 35. God prepared Moses for 80 years - how has he been preparing you? What do you think are the primary traits of godly leadership? What do you think of the final warning from Sanders?Wednesday 2 November 2011

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